Spinning our Wheels

Spinning our Wheels is a commuting blog about the challenges of getting around Atlanta by car, bus, MARTA, bicycles and on foot written by transportation reporter David Wickert
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Uber launches electric bike service in Atlanta today

Uber will launch an electric bike service in Atlanta today, adding to a growing market of electric vehicles on the city’s streets. 

The company announced it will release JUMP dockless electric bikes, joining the fleet of electric scooters it recently launched in the city. Through Jan. 27, customers can ride scooters and bikes free for 15 minutes. Otherwise, the bikes cost $1 to start and 10 cents per minute after that, with reduced pricing available to low-income residents. 

Jen Shepherd, JUMP general manager for the Southeast, said the bikeshare program “has the potential to ease congestion in Atlanta by bridging the gap between traditional bikes and cars.” 

Like the scooters, the bikes will be accessible through the Uber app. 

Uber’s bikeshare announcement comes as Atlanta has become a hotly competitive market for electric scooters. Lyft, Lime and Bird are also competing in the city. 

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The Atlanta City Council is expected to consider regulations for the scooters today.

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David Wickert writes about transportation issues for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He previously worked for newspapers in Washington state, Illinois, Virginia and Tennessee.

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